Bulldog Women's Tennis Suffers First Loss

FSU's Natalie Diorio competes in Saturday's match (Photo by Ed Hyde)
FSU's Natalie Diorio competes in Saturday's match (Photo by Ed Hyde)

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's tennis team posted convincing wins near the bottom of the lineup, but visiting Michigan Tech used a strong top-half performance to record a narrow 5-4 win over the Bulldogs in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play on Saturday (Sept. 26) at the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center in Big Rapids, Mich.

Ferris won the bottom three singles flights in straight-sets and took the third doubles position by an 8-0 score.  However, the Huskies captured the top three singles flights and won both first and second doubles to register the victory.

FSU dropped to 2-1 both overall and in league competition with its first loss of the season while the Huskies improved to 2-2 overall and in the conference.

Sophomore Melissa Flowers and senior Daniela Dimas both won a pair of matches in the outing as they teamed up for an 8-0 triumph at the third doubles spot.  Both were also winners at the fifth and sixth singles flights, respectively, by identical 6-0, 6-0 scores. 

The Bulldogs' only other win came from freshman Tabitha Simpson at the fourth singles flight by a score of 6-1, 6-3.

Ferris State returns to action by venturing to nationally-ranked archrival Northwood on Wednesday (Sept. 30) for a 2 p.m. (EDT) league tilt in Midland, Mich.


Singles competition
1. Victoria Zhilkina (MT) def. Amy Ingle (FS) 6-1, 6-1
2. Ploy Suthijindawong (MT) def. Tiffany Rheynard (FS) 6-0, 6-1
3. Nathalia Rondelli (MT) def. Natalie Diorio (FS) 6-2, 6-1
4. Tabitha Simpson (FS) def. Asel Otunchieva (MT) 6-1, 6-3
5. Melissa Flowers (FS) def. Danielle Stoll (MT) 6-0, 6-0
6. Daniela Dimas (FS) def. Kira Eck (MT) 6-0, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. Nathalia Rondelli/Ploy Suthijindawong (MT) def. Amy Ingle/Tiffany Rheynard (FS) 8-1
2. Asel Otunchieva/Victoria Zhilkina (MT) def. Natalie Diorio/Tabitha Simpson (FS) 8-2
3. Melissa Flowers/Daniela Dimas (FS) def. Caitlin Hartley/Danielle Stoll (MT) 8-0